Welcome to Gladden View!

A dream fulfilled

We are excited to provide a beautiful space for guests to relax and enjoy the wonders of the Tucson desert – a green desert with spectacular views of sky and mountains and the Tanque Verde Valley.

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View of the Santa Catalinas from the front yard

I first dared to dream of operating a B & B when I turned 40. I was at a retreat where we talked about life goals and I decided that my interests in hospitality and creating a retreat space for beauty and peace could be realized in a B & B. At the time it seemed very unlikely that this would ever happen. I had a young family of 5, and we had very little control over where we could live, since my husband is a pastor and assignments were limited. But a mentor at the retreat encouraged me to hold on to my dream.

Fifteen years later we moved to Tucson, Arizona. We were captivated by the beauty of the surrounding mountains and the green desert in the Tucson valley. The year my husband turned 60 he said, “If you are ever going to have a B & B, now is the time!” I couldn’t believe my ears! We put our house on the market and began to search for the right place.

On Easter day, after services, we decided to go for a hike on a favorite trail in Saguaro National Park East off of Broadway. On our way home we spotted a For Sale sign for a property that our realtor had not mentioned. On a hunch we followed the signs that led us down one dirt road and onto another. With only 2 houses on this short road it, was not hard to find the modest home for sale at the end. We drove up the driveway and looked around. The view we saw took our breath away. “This is it!” we thought. We felt like we were out in the country, and yet the location is only a short distance from shops and main roads. The space fit our hopes of having beautiful views, natural surrounding acreage, and a feeling of peaceful retreat.

We moved in on Memorial Day, and living here has been memorable.

Each day I feel gratitude for the land we have in our care and for the natural beauty that surrounds us. We love nothing better than to sit outside and look at the mountains and watch the ever-changing sky. We see sunrise and sunset and amazing cloud formations. We watch the rain come in with lightening and see the rainbows that follow. We are awed by the starry nights, when we can see the Milky Way and maybe a couple of shooting stars.

This is the spot that fills my heart with gladness each day.

Welcome to Gladden View!